God’s Word tells us to hide Scripture in our hearts (Psalm 119) and to teach it to our children constantly (Deuteronomy 6). As parents, nothing is really more valuable for us to do for our kids, is there? Introducing them to God, the creator; His Son, their Savior; and the truth, His Word, is an honorable job. What’s more exciting than seeing your children grasp the love that God has for all of us? Now, admittedly, this hefty task can be daunting. Here are three things to consider when choosing a Bible for your children.
Kevin DeYoung offers some sound advice, along with a couple of necessary caveats.
Yesterday, Compassion International’s ministry in India ended. Here’s a video documenting the ministry’s history in that nation:
The new CSB translation is now available in stores and online. I’ve preached using this translation, I’ve been using it almost exclusively in my writing for several weeks, and I regularly use it in my regular reading time. I can confidently say that this is a good translation that I hope will encourage more people read the Bible.
I mean, prayer changes things, right? After all, that’s what prayer is. We present our requests to God and he responds. God answers prayer. We’ve known this since Sunday school.
But it also raises some sticky questions. Like, does God change his mind? If God responds to prayer, does that mean he alters his sovereign plan in response to our requests? Or is God like the ultimate chess player – a Kasparov on steroids – answering prayers by outsmarting the devil, the universe, fate, karma, or whatever else he has to outsmart?
Millennials are turning away from religion faster than any other age group. And according to the Pew Research Center, more than a third of Americans between 18 and 35 are now unaffiliated, meaning, when asked on a survey what religious identity they hold, they answer none of the above.But what’s really interesting is that the overwhelming majority of us nones aren’t necessarily atheists. Two-thirds believe in God or a universal spirit, and one in five even pray every day.
The most important post of the week, y’all.
A favorite from the archives:
Many of our modern books—even the best ones—date themselves very quickly. While there are a number of factors that come into play here, probably the one I notice the most is the use of pop culture references. Now, I love pop culture; I love good jokes and a writing style that has a touch of snark to it, but, with few exceptions, I can’t get further into a book than a few pages without seeing a reference to a current athlete, a TV show or musician that most people won’t be talking about in six months. While this is probably a bit of a straw man, when you see a book called something like The Gospel According to The Matrix, Lost, The Sopranos, Batman, or The Flintstones, you just know it’s not going to be a book that you’re going to read and look back in 30 years thinking, “Yep, that’s the one—it completely changed my life.”